Adelaide named nation’s most liveable city
Adelaide's CBD and Hills has been declared Australia's most liveable metropolitan area, pipping Prime Minister Scott Morrison's hometown of Sutherland for top spot in a national survey.
Sydney occupies four of the top 10 metro rankings in the Ipsos Life in Australia 2020 survey, based on responses from more than 14,000 people.
Perth's inner city placed third, Melbourne's inner-south fourth and Brisbane's CBD rounded out the top five, ahead of Sydney's CBD, North Sydney and northern beaches.
NSW's Murray region was named the most liveable regional area ahead of Warrnambool and the Gold Coast.
Respondents nominated safety, affordability and access to high-quality health services as the most important attributes.
Adelaide was the only metropolitan location that rated above-average across all 16 metrics assessed in the survey, conducted in July.
Ipsos public affairs director Stuart Clark said while Australians' priorities had changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, that wasn't reflected in living preferences.
"Safety, affordable housing and health services are the most important features that Australians look for in the places we live," he said on Monday.
"It is interesting that the importance of being able to access the natural environment in your local area hasn't increased during COVID-19, despite plenty of stories about people getting out and exploring their neighbourhoods."
Sydney's southwest and the Queensland towns of Logan and Ipswich were named the least liveable metropolitan areas.
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